Spirits

News from the spirits, craft spirits, and beverage alcohol categories.

The Revivalist Botanical Gin Portfolio, a New Small Batch Grain to Glass Collection from Expert Riannon Walsh

Riannon Walsh, noted whisky expert and longtime consultant to the spirits industry, debuts The Revivalist Gins™, a grain to bottle collection of four innovative and handcrafted expressions: Equinox, Summertide, Harvest, and Solstice. These exceptional gins make up the inaugural portfolio of small batch spirits from new micro distillery enterprise, Brandywine Branch Distillers, located in Pennsylvania’s bucolic Chester County.

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. Relaunches Historic Murray Hill Club Whiskey Brand

Jos. A. Magnus & Co. announces the relaunch of Murray Hill Club Whiskey – a blended bourbon made from whiskeys ranging in age from 9-18 years. Joseph Magnus' Murray Hill Club Whiskey, first introduced in 1892, was reportedly one of the finest whiskeys on the market prior to Prohibition. The relaunched product was created using blending techniques that were regularly employed in Magnus' era but were largely lost with Prohibition.

Grover Wickersham Appointed Chairman of Eastside’s Board of Directors

Wickersham is a private investor, member of the California State Bar, and a portfolio advisor to Glenbrook Capital, a fund that invests primarily in emerging growth companies. A resident of London, England, and Portland, Oregon, he serves as the Vice Chairman of S&W Seed Company ("SANW") and was Chairman from October 2009, leading its IPO in May 2010.

Nathaniel Smith Wins Copper & Kings MIXT&PE Cocktail Competition

Smith’s selection of “Little Red Corvette” by beloved Minnesota musician Prince won over the judging panel and earned him a trip to Louisville, Ky. to visit the Copper & Kings American brandy distillery and attend the Forecastle Music Festival last weekend. Smith was one of 11 finalists from around the U.S. including bartenders from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery Releases New Special Finished Belle Meade Bourbon

Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee takes the "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle" environmentalist mantra to a whole new level. By resting a proprietary bourbon blend in casks that had previously been used to age fine Cognac, they have extended the Belle Meade Bourbon brand, debuting a new product of unmistakable quality and character, to begin release through the month of July 2016.

Popcorn Sutton Names Allisa Henley Master Blender

Allisa Henley comes to Popcorn Sutton from Diageo’s George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where she worked for more than 11 years in a variety of positions, including most recently as the facility’s Distiller.

Alacran Tequila Releases Alacran XA

Alacran XA uses 100% Weber Blue agave from 7-10 years old harvested in the highlands of Los Altos in Jalisco.

Our/Los Angeles, A New Vodka Distillery in Downtown L.A., Launches

Our/Los Angeles is born of a partnership between Steven Ocheltree and Tyler Simmons —co-founders of creative agency Sew— and Pernod Ricard's Our/Vodka brand, which teams up with local entrepreneurs around the world to give select cities their own vodka.

Powell & Mahoney Awarded at 2016 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards

Powell & Mahoney dominated the “Carbonated Mixer” category and beat out several competitors with their new line of Sparkling Cocktail Mixers – having won “Best in Class” for their Mojito, a gold medal for Ginger Beer, silver for Spiced Grapefruit Tonic, and bronze for Tonic.